People's Vote/Second Referendum: Update August 2019

Thank you for contacting me about another referendum on our membership of the EU.

I want to make it clear that the Government's position is that it does not support another vote on the UK’s membership of the EU. The British people have already had the final say and they voted in significant numbers to leave the EU in 2016. Parliament has also rejected a second referendum.

For too long, millions of people across the country have struggled to make their voice heard. Many of them chose to leave the EU and I believe that another vote would be divisive for British society. Staying in the bloc would also betray the trust of voters in politicians. I believe that the value of democracy lies not just in the number of times citizens vote but also in the effect of that vote.

The Withdrawal Agreement has been rejected by Parliament three times. That is why I am glad that the new Prime Minister is recommitting the Government to negotiate a new deal with the EU that delivers on the referendum result and respects the sovereignty of this country.

I am confident that a better deal will be reached but if the EU refuses to negotiate, I believe that it is only sensible to prepare to leave without a deal by 31 October. The right preparations will ensure that people, industry and the country are ready for all scenarios.

Thank you again for taking the time to contact me.

Craig Whittaker MP

August 2019